Are you in the market for a new mattress or bed? Should you get an all-natural organic mattress or a visco foam mattress? Or perhaps something else entirely? We researched every important detail of these two types of mattresses, from way they work to the support and pressure relief they offer.
But first, here's what you must know about home mattress trials and what makes a good foam mattress.
Visco elastic foam is made of open cells, billions of balloons with holes in them. When you sit on it, organic moves from one cell to another and the mattress contours your body in a unique fashion, relieving pressure points and supporting your weight.
With regular foam mattresses, which are made of closed cells, the organic in the compressed cells pushes back against you causing pressure points which constricts circulation at the area of contact. The result is discomfort and even pain over time. When you lie on a visco foam mattress there is no organic left in the cells to push back and cause discomfort. The organic is spread to adjoining cells and the foam simply 'melts' under you to provide long-term, balanced support and comfort.
The organic bandwagon was put in motion a few years ago by organic food produce. Specialists said at the time that chemicals and fertilizers in our food is harmful. Now we use organic shampoo and organic make up and want to sleep on organic mattresses. Why is that? Are they more comfortable? Do they improve the quality of our sleep?
Organic means 100% natural, non-treated and free of any human-made products that enhance the product's natural qualities. Organic mattresses are made of organic cotton, organic latex and/or organic wool which haven't been dyed or bleached, artificially softened or hardened.
In order to be considered organic, wool has to abide by these specific legal requirements:
Organic mattresses (made of wool, natural cotton or natural latex) usually have a firm core (made of organic latex or innersprings) and a comfort layer (organic cotton or wool).
I am very reactive to organic cotton. My thought is that it is less processed and has a natural oil that is somehow diluted or altered during the processing of regular (pesticide) cotton that makes it more tolerable. I am also reactive to organic wool. Regular cotton is much less a problem for me (to my dismay, after spending hundreds of dollars on organic cotton blankets, futon, and clothing!).
Cotton is notorious for packing down. That is why the innerspring mattress was invented! Cotton is never used for more that a thin layer in good bedding or furniture. Believe me, your camping mattresses are far superior to a cotton one, at least after a couple of months of use.
When you first take delivery, it will smell a bit plasticy at first, but it is not a strong odor, and it fades away in 3 days. It is kind of like new car smell, or, new carpet smell, or, if you get a new big toy that comes in a big box with styrofoam, it is not offensive and it goes away.
We bought ours on-line without a Dr's note. I am pretty sure that the mattress is a mix of organic cotton and wool. I know the outside of the mattress is definitely cotton. And then we got a wool cover to put on it (under the fitted sheet). We are so glad today that we haven't exposed our son to that awful dangerous flame retardant coating! Only organic for us!
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A Critical Eye On The Latest Mattress Technologies
The most commonly reported problem consumers have with memory foam mattresses is that they sleep hotter when compared to conventional sleeping surfaces.
But sleeping conditions are influenced by environment temperature, the material's heat sensitivity and your own body heat.
What is the secret behind Tempur-Pedic mattress technology and why is it in the top 5 most popular brands alongside the likes of Sensus, Isotonic, Bergad and Sealy? The answer is that it uses good quality, high density, heat responsive foam.
How can you check if your purchase as good as true Tempurpedic beds? You can try the wine glass test, the egg test, or the fridge test.